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>> pelley: primed for the primary. >> you have to get out and vote tomorrow. >> tomorrow the eyes of the country and a lot of the world, by the way, will be right here on new hampshire. >> come out tomorrow and vote for me. >> come out and vote for me tomorrow. >> pelley: also tonight, gayle king with the president. >> i'm curious about how the presidency has changed you. >> pelley: terror on the high seas. >> there was a point where i was like, this thing is going to tip. >> pelley: birth defects and the zika virus, the doctor who connected the dots. and the halftime song with a full-throated message. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the first votes in the first primary will be cast in a few hours, and polls show that republican donald trump has a very good chance of getting
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the comeback win he needs after finishing second in iowa. he leads his closest rivals better than 2-1. among them, marco rubio, who is also looking to new hampshire voters for redemption. here's major garrett. >> reporter: marco rubio tried to restart the campaign engine that stalled at saturday's debate when he was faulted for repeating the same phrase over and over. >> and let's disspell once and for all with this fiction that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing. he knows exactly what he's doing. we are not facing a president that doesn't know what he's doing. he knows what he is doing. >> reporter: chris christie called it the mark of a well-versed amateur. >> this notion that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing is just not true. >> there it is. there it is. the memorized 25-second speech. there it is, everybody. >> reporter: on "cbs this morning," rubio dug in. >> the core of this campaign is that statement, and i am going to continue to say it. barack obama is deliberately carrying out a strategy to change america. he wants the redefine this
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country. >> reporter: rubio loyalists concede his post-iowa momentum has been lost. general kasich and jeb bush both with superior new hampshire organizations are gaining ground. >> we have the best army in new hampshire. they're going to knock on everybody's doors, whether it rains, whether its snows, it doesn't mattered. we're marching and we're going to have a great tuesday. >> reporter: bush and new hampshire front-runner donald trump spent the day exchanging insults. >> he's like a child. he's like a spoiled child. he spent $110 million on a campaign, and he's nowhere. >> reporter: bush hit back, calling trump a liar and a whiner. >> he doesn't have the temperament to be president, and whenever i have a chance to describe what i think about him, i'm going to do it. >> reporter: so why does trump go after bush so of theen? bush raises money like no other public rival, which makes him an ongoing threat. scott, that's why trump would like the vanquish bush here if he. can. >> pelley: major garrett at a trump rally in new hampshire tonight. major, thank you.
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cbs news will host the next republican debate. that's coming up this saturday evening from greenville, south carolina. of course, john dickerson is the moderator. the campaign is an insult to voters according to form new york mayor michael bloomberg. he confirmed today that he is considering an independent run. he told the "the financial time" that voters deserve a lot better. bloomberg was a democrat, switched to republican, and is now an independent. on the democratic side of things, hillary clinton trails bernie sanders in new hampshire by ten points after beating him in iowa by the narrowest of margins. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: clinton got some back-up on this final day from a large group from arkansas, women she's known for 30 years. >> she's so compassionate. she's so smart. she has that consistent message. she is the best qualified. but it does make history. >> reporter: that notion gave clinton an eight-point advantage with women in the 2008 primary,
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but here in new hampshire in 2016, she trails among women by four points. in iowa, women under 30 went for sanders over clinton 6-1. >> what's your message to undecided young women? >> i have a message for all undecided voters. please, vote with your head and your heart. >> reporter: the soft support from younger women prompted former secretary of state madeleine albright to issue this warning this weekend. >> just remember, there's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other. [cheering and applause] >> reporter: it's a catchphrase albright has employed for decades, but in this context, it put off some female sanders' supporters, like this woman. >> i'm a feminist. i'm not interested in voting for someone solely because they're a woman. i don't think that does us any good. so i am not against hillary by any means, but i'm for bernie. >> reporter: feminist icon gloria steinem didn't help when she tried explain sanders appeal
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to young women this way. >> when you're young, you're thinking, where are the boys, the boys are with bernie. >> reporter: steinem later apologized for what's been misinterpreted for implying that young women aren't serious in their politics. the challenge is for clinton to find ways to make young women feel inspired, not obligated, especially when sanders is also pushing for things like equal pay for women and paid family leave. >> pelley: nancy cordes. nancy, thanks. voters fighting a blizzard of insults will have some real snow to deal with. much of new england is getting socked by a storm blowing in from the atlantic. in connecticut a bus headed to a casino flipped on i-95. 30 people were hurt. some were taken to the hospital. in another important story tonight, after five years of stalemate, syria's civil war may be reaching a turning point. the assad dictatorship, now
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backed by relentless russian air strikes, is close to surrounding the town of aleppo, the rebel stronghold. thousands have fled only to be caught in a no-man's-land on the turkish border. today the u.n. described the dictator's offensive on civilians as "extermination." holly williams has been reporting on the horror of this war, which is also captured in these pictures you're about to see. >> reporter: another child victim of a war that even adults struggle to understand. this little boy was trapped under a slab of concrete until volunteer rescue workers managed to free him. we can't independently verify these videos, but they appear to show the death and devastation of a brutal offensive by the syrian regime around the city of aleppo, backed by russian air
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strikes. with the help of its ally iran on the ground, the syrian regime has almost entirely surrounded aleppo and is now less than 20 miles from the turkish border. that's where tens of thousands of civilians have fled for their lives, though they still haven't been allowed to cross into safety. turkey has absorbed more than two millan syrian refugees and now says it has reached its limit, leaving these exhausted people stranded. mohamad eid hussein al ahmad is a spokesman for a syrian rebel group that's fighting the regime in aleppo and told us they have now lost their main supply route. how long can you hold out? how long is it until aleppo falls to the regime? "i can't say for sure how long it will be until aleppo falls to the regime or iran and russia,"
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he told us. "we'll stand and fight whoever attack us." the syrian rebels, some of which are backed by the u.s., rose up against the regime nearly five years ago. if they're now defeated, scott, syria would be divided between isis on one hand and the regime, which has indiscriminately bombed its own people. >> pelley: holly williams covering the war for us tonight. holly, thank you. tonight the u.s. and pacific allies are considering how to respond to north korea's latest missile launch. the missile reached orbit but in theory could have easily reached the united states, as well. the u.n. has banned these tests and here's david martin. >> reporter: the north korean launch, which was watched by its brash young leader, succeeded in putting a satellite into space. but u.s. officials say it is tumbling in orbit. it is the second time north korea has tried but failed to put a satellite in stable orbit. the newest one is circling the
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earth at a height of about 300 miles in a roughly north-south orbit that took it over the super bowl about an hour after the game ended. shortly before the game, president obama told gayle king of "cbs this morning" the launch was one more reason to be worried about north korea. >> this is an authoritarian regime, it's provocative. it has repeatedly violated u.n. resolution, tested and produced nuclear weapons, and now they're trying to perfect their missile launch systems. >> reporter: the three-stage rocket carrying the satellite was launched saturday night from north korea's space launch facility and could be seen flying south over water. never posing a threat to the united states, which had its missile defense system on alert just in case. the satellite is roughly the same size as a nuclear warhead. when combined with last month's underground nuclear explosion, north korea seems slowly but surely to be developing a long-range missile that could hit the u.s. with a nuclear weapon. the u.s. and south korea immediately announced they would
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begin talks on sending a new missile defense system to the peninsula. in effect adding another layer to the system used to protect south korea. the white house says the u.s. and its allies would level additional sanctions against a country that is already an economic basket case, but so far, scott, nothing has succeeded in convincing north korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon tonight. david, thank you. in that interview with the president, gayle king also wanted to know how mr. obama has changed after years of challenges such as north korea and syria. >> reporter: i'm curious about how the presidency has changed you as a president, it's now eight years new york how you've changed as a president and how you've changed as a man during the time you've been in office. >> you know, i think my basic character is unchanged.
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and michelle and close friends of mine who have known me for years would say he's the same guy. there's obviously some hard-won wisdom from overcoming challenges, figuring out really hard problems. i told somebody in another interview, though, that probably the most important thing, and maybe this is just a function of age as well as having been around the track a while as president, you lose that fear. you lose that sense of, oh, what if something goes wrong, because there are going to be things that go wrong. you lose that tightness that comes from being very self-conscious about not making mistakes. at a certain point, you know, you realize, look, you do your best, you make your call, you make your decision. most of the time it's going to work, but it's not going to work perfectly.
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you're going to have to continue to make adjustments. that gives you a certain confidence that allows do you play a little bit better. >> pelley: the president with gayle king in the oval office. gayle, i can't remember ever seeing the president and first lady do a joint interview on live television. >> reporter: you know why you can't remember, scott? it's never happened. it's first time they ever sat together live. and it's the first tomb i ever interviewed a president and first lady live. i was so flalterred and so honored they allowed us to come into the white house, invade their super bowl sunday, and take the time to sit down and talk to us. >> christa:>> pelley: terrific . gayle king of "cbs this morning." you can see much more of gayle's interview with the president and the first lady. that's tomorrow on cbs thinks morn. that interview preceded the super bowl on cbs, and it turns out the game had super ratings, too, nearly 112 million viewers, which makes it the
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storm his balcony door appeared to be lifting away from the frame. >> you could hear the waves crashing against the hull, metal twisting and banging. it was scary. >> reporter: the "anthem of the seas" cruise ship left the new york area on saturday, heading to port canaveral, florida, when it got caught in a storm. jared johnson shot this video after the captain ordered everyone to their room. >> at one point people were falling over, and they said, hold the wheelchair, so myself and others were standing over holding the wheelchair so they weren't going to be sliding around. >> reporter: while the worst is over, george sycip says he is still worried. >> we are rocking a lot right now, and it makes me wonder if there are issues with the stabilizer on the ship. >> reporter: royal caribbean says the ship experienced wind speeds higher than what was forecast. scott, the coast guard also reported that the winds reached up to 115mph, and that
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>> pelley: today president obama asked congress for nearly $2 billion to fight the zika virus. and the c.d.c. moved to its highest alert level. at least 57 cases have been reported in the u.s., and our dr. jon lapook is just back from brazil, ground zero of the outbreak. he talked to the doctor who found the link between zika and birth defects. >> reporter: pediatric neurologist dr. vanessa van der linden saw her first case of microcephaly back in august. soon more infants with the same condition. the same unusually small head. >> during two weeks, in september, we saw five cases of babies with microcephaly. >> reporter: her mother anback
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also a doctor, phoned with troubling news. >> she called me, vanessa, now i see seven babies with microcephaly in the same day. >> reporter: when you heard that, what did you think? >> it's a new disease, it's something very strange. it makes you think of agents that causes immune problems. >> reporter: you were like detectives? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: after yiewlg out the usual causes, they looked for other clues. 70% of the women reported a rash during pregnancy, a symptom that helped lead them to the main suspect, zika. rayane canpelo and elvis torres' baby, evellyn melissa, was born in october. this is her first child. "if any mother or father could choose," she said, "they would choose to have a normal baby, a healthy baby, but because you cannot choose, i am going to love my daughter." >> we can't go back and change something here in brazil, but
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you can help the other places in the world. >> reporter: dr. van der linden helped sound the alarm, but, scott, so many questions remain, does zika help cause the microcephaly or is something else playing a role, and how do we protect ourselveses from the virus? finally, what will happen to these babies as they grow up? >> pelley: dr. jon lapook for us tonight. jon, thank you. every chipotle restaurant in the country closed for four hours today so that employees could get a briefing on food safety via the internet. chipotle has had a number of health scare,s, including an e. coli outbreak, but the c.d.c. gave it the all clear just last week. the national zoo is sharing some pictures of bai bai, the panda cup now five months old just learned how to climb a tree. then it got stuck. fortunately mom was right there to make sure the cub didn't tumble. he'll figure it out soon enough. for bai bai to beyonceé putting
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>> pelley: finally tonight, the super bowl's most powerful performance may have come during halftime. here's michelle miller. ♪ okay, ladies, now let's get in formation ♪ >> reporter: yes, there was singing, and dancing, too, but this was not a typical super bowl halftime performance. for starters, few had ever heard the song before. that's because beyonceé had just released it the day before, a
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departure from musicians singing their greatest hits in front of the biggest television audience of the year. beyonceé's back-up dancers were all african american, all female troupe, all dressed in tribute to the black panther, her lyrics an expression of empowerment for black women. ♪ i like my negro nostrils >> reporter: but it's the striking images from her music video that drive her point home. beyonceé is seen atop a sinking police car what n what looks like scenes from hurricane katrina. a young black boy confronted by police. "stop shooting us" in graffiti, all scene as support for the black lives matter movement. she had this reaction after the show. >> it makes me proud. it's what i wanted. it's what i wanted to see.
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i want them to have love for themselves. >> reporter: it's being called a turning point for beyonceé, known more for making danceable pot hits, now joining the ranks of those who use music to demand social change. jamilah lemiemux is senior editor for "ebony" magazine. >> now she's moved the needle even further and made a very, very bold statement about black lives matter, and to do that on super bowl night, it's unprecedented in a lot of ways. i think we'll be talking about that song, that video and that performance long after we stop talking about who won yesterday's game. >> reporter: michelle miller, cbs news, santa clara, california. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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